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linchpin


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Linchpin  \Linch"pin`\  (l[i^]nch"p[i^]n`),  n.  [AS.  lynis  the 
  axletree;  akin  to  D.  luns  linchpin,  OS  lunisa  LG  lunse,  G. 
  l["u]nse,  OHG.  lun  peg,  bolt.] 
  A  pin  used  to  prevent  the  wheel  of  a  vehicle  from  sliding  off 
  the  axletree. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  linchpin 
  n  1:  a  central  cohesive  source  of  support  and  stability:  "faith 
  is  his  anchor";  "he  is  the  linchpin  of  this  firm"  [syn: 
  {anchor},  {mainstay},  {backbone},  {lynchpin}] 
  2:  a  pin  inserted  through  an  axletree  to  hold  a  wheel  on  [syn: 
  {lynchpin}] 




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